The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The rich fool

Hear, again, the parable about his barns and your soul

As I get older, Jesus' parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21) gets harder and harder to deal with.

The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought, "What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?" Then he said, "I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' " But God said to him, "You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?" So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.

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